Swim Fitness ENS Instructor

Swim Fitness ENS Instructor Job Description

Under the supervision of the Aquaplex Manager, the ENS Swim Fitness Instructor is responsible for teaching the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Swim Fitness courses for the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (ENS) and Aztec Recreation. This position will be required to instruct participants during the set course times on the foundations of swimming, therefore previous swim instruction or swim coaching experience is required. Instruction will occur at the San Diego State Aztec Aquaplex. This position helps to ensure the diverse instructional needs of the San Diego State University students and Aztec Recreation members are met while emphasizing a safe, positive, and educational environment while enforcing the Aztec Aquaplex guidelines.


Primary Functions

  • Instruct and coach registered course participants in the sport of swimming
  • Develop and implement lesson plans, syllabi, and learning outcomes
  • Complete administrative tasks such as participant skill assessment, attendance sheets, class evaluations and grade submission
  • Provide make-up sessions as required
  • Ensure all class cancellations are communicated promptly by contacting all participants/professional staff along with posting notifications
  • Other duties assigned by Supervisor


  • Utilize Google Email and Calendar
  • Utilize SDSU Blackboard system for course assignments and grading
  • Create reports/presentations utilizing Windows XP, Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint as required/needed
  • Compose memorandums/letters as needed
  • Complete tasks as assigned/required

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Collaborate with Aztec Recreation to market assigned courses
  • Ensure customer service standards are met; respond to physical, electronic, and verbal comment cards in a timely manner
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with various A.S. and University departments
  • Greet all students in a friendly and timely manner
  • Assist all students and potential students with questions and/or comments
  • If unable to assist, refers students to appropriate resources
  • Maintain positive and effective working relationships with all students
  • Inform supervisor of any student issues in a timely manner


  • Inspect program environment and equipment to insure safety
  • Act as first responder in class emergencies according to established procedures and certification training
  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of staff and customers as first priority, and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Adheres to Associated Students’ Code of Safe Practices
  • Reports accidents to supervisor and reviews changes required to avoid reoccurrence Ensures completion proper documentation is completed for each accident (employee and/or non-employee) and forwards to supervisor
  • Reports maintenance problems and/or broken and unsafe equipment to the appropriate party immediately


Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Physical Education, Recreation, Kinesiology/Exercise Science Health or a related field


  • Previous participation in and teaching of instructional courses and/or coaching required
  • Experience within a campus recreation setting desired

Licenses & Certifications:

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED and First-Aid certifications are required prior to the first day of work; American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification preferred


  • Must complete Gender Awareness training within 30 days of hire


  • Must be able to instruct beginning and intermediate swim fitness courses and create appropriate lesson plans/swim workouts
  • Must be able to physically lead and demonstrate swimming skills, drills and/or activities.
  • Must be available to work during scheduled course times on weekdays mornings
  • Must be professional and courteous at all times
  • Must be able to work well with different work styles
  • Must be able to work efficiently and show initiative
  • Must be able to coordinate multiple tasks, projects, and assignments within appropriate timelines


  • Knowledge of swimming including stroke technique, interval training, creating workout sets, injury prevention and other related sport fundamentals required
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people effectively and diplomatically; must be able to work one on one and with groups with as many as 25 students
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary and required as well as customer service skills
  • Ability to handle difficult situations involving students with patience, good judgment, and with diplomacy is expected
  • Excellent customer service skills, including written and oral communication
  • Strong English language skills and the ability to read, write and verbally communicate at a level appropriate to the duties of the position
  • Proficient computer skills required


This is a part-time position with a work schedule that consists of 10- 20 hours per week during the academic school year, 25-37 hours/week during summer with consideration of the employee’s academic schedule. Work availability requires working early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While working indoors, the lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. Possible exposure to distracting/uncomfortable noise levels may require hearing protection to be worn when performing duties.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to: walking, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, climbing, and working in confined space, lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying loads. Depending on job tasks, physical demands may require standing and walking for extended lengths of time and may require lifting, pushing, pulling, moving and carrying items up to 50 pounds (unassisted) and 75 pounds (with assistance), and using ladders.


Inside the Organization:

  • Reports to the Aztec Aquaplex Manager
  • Interacts with other full-time staff within Aztec Recreation, including, but not limited to the Recreation Director, Associate Director of Member Services & Facilities, and Aquaplex part-time staff

Outside the Organization:

  • SDSU Athletic coaches and staff, photographers, and videographers

EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Out of Range – Starting Rate: $20.00 per hour (based on qualifications and experience)

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered this position with Associated Students. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current Associated Students employees who apply for the position. Fingerprinting is required for all employee and volunteer positions that have direct contact with minor children.